Carjacking suspect arrested after getting caught in traffic

SAN DIEGO — A man attacked an employee at Midtown-area vehicle storage lot in a failed effort to steal a car, assaulted and carjacked a second victim about 15 minutes later, then hopped into another car before being arrested, authorities said Wednesday.

The suspect pretended to have a weapon in his pocket and demanded car keys from a Pacific Nissan storage lot worker shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday. The employee tried to run away, but the suspect caught up and beat him until a bystander intervened, San Diego police Officer Dino Delimitros said.

The suspect fled, but soon resurfaced in the 3300 block of India Street and attacked a man who had just got out of a Ford van, Delimitros said.

The suspect punched and kicked the victim and took his keys, but almost immediately got stuck in traffic. He got out of the van, then hopped into a nearby occupied vehicle and again tried to flee, according to the officer.

Police officers arrived shortly afterward and arrested the suspect after a brief foot chase and a scuffle, Delimitros said. His name was not immediately available.